advertisement
 

  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team
Question:

From Chicago, Illinois, USA:

Why are blood glucose tests to be taken two hours after eating? Don't some foods raise blood glucose levels slower than others? Sometimes it seems that it is still rising after two hours, and have not peaked. Last night it was 115 two hours after, 139 three hours after and 111 four hours after.

Answer:

You are correct! A number of things determine how quickly blood glucose will rise after a meal: the type of food, the quantity of food and how fast the food travels through the gastrointestinal tract. Things that can slow the rise in blood glucose include: very fatty meals, prolonged eating ("grazing") and slow motility in the gut (such as gastroparesis, a complication of diabetes). In general, however, blood glucose will rise about 2 hours after a meal.

BS

DTQ-20040111172122
Original posting 13 Jan 2004
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections

  
advertisement


                 
  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:54
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.